Chalk to make his mark

The Sportsman Midweek - - Randwick Kensington Preview -

NOTE: RACES are as­sessed for a Good 4. All horses con­sid­ered starters un­less no­ti­fied by Mon­day at 1 PM. (N/R) denotes no rat­ing.

RACE 1

3. GAYATRI (67) is by Pierro and has a dou­ble cross of Zabeel. Her 2nd dam, Em­press Lily, was placed in VRC Oaks, the 3rd Dam is Ty­coon Lil. All that is a long way of say­ing filly will stay and has al­ways looked that too in her pre-de­but tri­als. The 1500m first-up was per­fect — hence the win — but she found the mile too short next time at Kem­bla and on top of that, it wasn’t re­ally run to suit. To get as close as she did was a tremen­dous ef­fort. Gets 1800m now, gate 1, third-up, Bow­man. 8. ROCK ZONE (59) gets his chance to beat, or at least test, Gayatri given the 5.5kgs weight pull. He was nar­row but com­pre­hen­sive win­ning over the mile at Hawkes­bury last time out. Noth­ing to sug­gest he won’t be as ef­fec­tive at the 1800m. 2. MISS JENNY (68) beat Gayatri at Kem­bla last time they met but the way the race was run it cer­tainly favoured her (the lo­cal) and made it too tough for the vis­i­tor. Miss Jenny was scratched from race 3 over 1550m to­day to run in this.

RACE 2

THERE was a bit of money for 7. CHALK (62) when he ran at home at War­wick Farm on their Satur­day meet­ing Dec. 22 be­ing $8.50 into $7. He was a con­spic­u­ous last of the 9 for long way and came down out­side of the field to fin­ish 8th of 9 but

mar­gin was only 2.8-lengths. It re­ally wasn’t that bad a run at all ac­tu­ally and an­other ex­am­ple of how fin­ish­ing po­si­tions can be mis­lead­ing. In fact, Chalk is ‘8848’ go­ing into this and I, for one, am quite keen on him. 9. SOSTENIDO (56), the Or­ange based barn­stormer, is a much bet­ter horse than one who is 2 wins from 14 starts. The Brian Gen­tle trained geld­ing has been se­ri­ously com­pet­i­tive on town in re­cent times — but what holds him back the most is his pat­ter, he does give away some pretty se­ri­ous head­starts and that might work else­where but it’s a tough ask in town. Still, that’s him and that’s how he has to be rid­den — no rea­son why can’t zoom home in this suit­able race. 3. SMIL­ING MANOLITO (65) can thank his lucky stars that his sta­ble­mate Welsh Le­gend blew the start at Can­ter­bury

other night or he’d have a ‘2’ next to his name and not the ‘1’. That’s rac­ing. He’s only won 2 from 16 and placed 8 times of you get my drift.

RACE 3

CHRIS Waller con­trols this race with his two mile+ mares in 4. VIA VENOTO (65) and 3. IVY’S COURT (65). If you need re­mind­ing, Via Veneto is a gold­mine brood­mare prospect for Vin­ery be­ing by All Too Hard out of the VRC Oaks run­ner-up, Valde­moro, her­self an EDL half to High­land reel and a grand­daugh­ter of Cir­cles of Gold. Via Veneto is mid­week class/ stan­dard. She has gone 1400m, 1550m then 1900m in her three runs this time in. Back to 1550m to­day but no sec­ond guess­ing with Waller, ex­pect say, that the last run was a month ago so she should be plenty fresh. As for Ivy’s Court, she is out of a Mon­t­jeu mare so will stay longer than this trip. Bolted in at Wy­ong in a skinny Bm64 then came here and was 3rd in a 1550m Bm70. She a clear last that day from 7 of 7, one would ex­pect that maybe bar­rier 1 this time gives Bow­man the op­tion to park up a bit closer. 8. CLAS­SIC PRINCESS (61) was em­phatic win­ning that Bm64 over the mile at Wy­ong on Dec. 12. The last time she raced in town was on Cup Day where he did a good job to run 3.5-lens to Vin­nie Power. Gen­uine each-way player.

RACE 4

CHRIS Waller has 6 of the 10 but I can’t imag­ine that they will all be there but all I hope id that 7. MILUNKA (N/R) is one of them. That said, she has drawn 10 and is nom­i­nated for Can­ter­bury on Fri­day night so I am kind of think­ing she stays home. I re­ally like this filly. She is by All Too Hard. The 3rd Dam Spe­cial. Wow. She was bred and re­tained by Nearco Stud (NZ) who bred Hong Kong su­per­star Beauty Gen­er­a­tion and this filly’s half brother Kuro among oth­ers. Her trial was sen­sa­tional. If not to­day then wait for Fri­day. Sta­ble­mate 1. BELLADEEL (N/R) has turned in two very, very good bar­rier tri­als — won the first then was dead­set locked down and never touched in her next when third. In­ter­est­ing pedi­gree in that he is by Dun­deel out of an Ifraaj mare, grand-dam is a Sir Tris­tram, so should be in Guineas/Der­bies’ from here on in so to be show­ing what he over the 800m and 900m in his heats sug­gests he might be rather handy. 8. SIZ­ZLING ACE (N/R) is ca­pa­ble of win­ning but she more ca­pa­ble at this stage of rip­ping money out of punter’s pock­ets. I will say that 9. SEAMAGIC (N/R) is by far not the worst of the Waller half dozen. Then there 4. NOBU (N/R) but can’t see him run­ning from that al­ley.

RACE 5

WITH the scratch­ing of the odd­son favourite, Our Cen­tury, we are down to five run­ners com­pet­ing for the spoils of the $150,000 Listed ATC New Year’s Day Cup (2400m) at Royal Rand­wick to­day. I guess we have to look now at a match race be­tween 3.

NAVAL WAR­FARE (90) and the old timer 2. DES­TINY’S KISS (103). Naval War­fare beat some of the big­gest walk­ers and onepac­ers go­ing at WF last Satur­day week but he is a Waller stayer and that gar­ners him in­stant re­spect. I love Des­tiny’s Kiss — the win­ner of 11 Cups in­clud­ing this same one in 2017 but it might be the old fel­low needs a slow track or heavy track these days but it not as though he still is very com­pet­i­tive in this grade. One point that Joe Pride has made Des­tiny’s Kiss the past is that a lot of his wins, a lot of those Cups wins, have been with 59-odd on the back and in small fields, say up to about 7 or 8. That kind of num­ber doesn’t re­quire him pass too many oth­ers of get held up — if it was a slow or heavy track, he’d be the best bet 2019! For third I am look­ing at the maiden 6. DASH­ING SPE­CIAL (45). He might give some good old fash­ioned cheek up front.

RACE 6

I FAVOUR two horses that have left their pre­vi­ous train­ers to take up new digs, one re­cently, the other a bit longer ago. Let’s be­gin with 3. MOONDANCER (70) who was with Chris Waller up un­til he re­lo­cated to Kris Lees’ HQ at New­cas­tle. Lees ac­tu­ally won first time out with the son of Darci Brahma and added two more after that mixed in with some ‘fair’ runs. Quite liked his trial at Gos­ford the other day — he ran 3-lens 4th of 6 but didn’t re­ally get a lot room ei­ther. Mar­ket watch ad­vised. Ditto for 2. GREAT JOB (70) who is now with Clare Cun­ning­ham hav­ing been with Tracey Bart­ley for 9 runs, 5 of them wins and a sec­ond. The lightly-raced 5YO has tri­alled twice to get ready for the 1400m and both were quite rea­son­able. Take note re­gard­ing

that his only 3 runs at the trip are a win and a 4.4-lens then 2.2-lens off the win­ner (s) in Hawkes­bury Kem­bla Provin­cial Cham­pi­onships Qual­i­fiers ear­lier this year. Our Cen­tury’s sta­ble­mate 1. FUCHU (70) has won his last two starts by sim­ply charg­ing home over the top of ri­vals. The mar­gins have been any­thing but big but wins have been ut­terly con­clu­sive. Kim Waugh had the son of All Too Hard down to run at Rand­wick on Satur­day but comes here in­stead. Note that Rob­bie Dolan has rid­den him at the last two wins. Fuchu loves 1400m.

RACE 7

5. IAN Smith (breeder of Silent Wit­ness), Bob La­pointe (owner), Gary Moore (Arc win­ning jockey and now trainer), Glyn Schofield (rider of Hay List/Boban et al) is the cast and crew be­hind my best bet on the first day of 2019 in 5. MY SONG (67) who has come up with win­ning draw too box 1. This big, strong fel­low by Your Song has won 3 from 4 at this trip. He went for a lit­tle hol­i­day off back to back wins at Hawkes­bury but it was only 12-week break noth­ing too much. That’s why he only needed one trial and even though it says ‘last of 7’, Schofield was — how do I put this, very ‘kind’ to him leav­ing it all here for race day.

could be wrong but I thought he was so much bet­ter than the oth­ers (in this race) that went look­ing for dan­gers and didn’t re­ally find any­thing to lower my thresh­old of con­fi­dence. For the record though, 10. FOUR MORE MILLERS (62) was good enough to string a whole bunch of wins to­gether last cam­paign and third-up now, Todd Howlett doesn’t leave town empty-handed much. 11. SELES (61) has been chas­ing The Art of The Bar lately but she she’s a 3YO tak­ing on older horses but she is good enough to carry it off. Has tal­ent, for sure, but she was favourite and My Song $23 — what’s do­ing there!?

RACE 8

SCHOFIELD will don the Royal Blue in the last to pi­lot 9. LABURNUM (64) as he did in the Sil­ver Shadow (7th) and fi­nal race of the cam­paign when 1.7lens 5th 8 here in a Bm66. The daugh­ter of Den­man cer­tainly tri­alled well, fact it was a rip­per, when she held off ( just) Prophet’s Thumb who came out and was a class above first-up at Gos­ford last Fri­day. Make no mis­take, Prophet’s Thumb is way su­pe­rior filly to Laburnum but it was a great trial from the Godol­phin who is 3s 1-1-0 fresh. The third horse home in that trial I keep harp­ing on about was 6. ROYAL WIT­NESS (62) who is now with Joe Pride hav­ing his 6 ca­reer starts for John Sar­gent for whom he won one and placed twice. Royal Wit­ness tri­alled again sub­se­quent to his 1.5-lens 3rd to Laburnum — win­ning by a nar­row mar­gin at WF (again) but was go­ing half pace to the eye but run­ning 46.94s in re­al­ity. 1. NIC’S VENDETTA (69) is one of those good, hon­est, con­sis­tent horses who is nearly al­ways in con­tention and when he’s not, it of­ten due to wide gates or bad luck — or both. Great draw this time, right trip, comes off 0.6-lens 2nd in a trial to Tac­ti­cal Ad­van­tage no less.

Chalk.

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